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Jayne Mansfield in The Girl Can't Help It

Film Link: John Waters discusses Frank Tashlin’s The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

It’s no surprise that this nutty and energetic Frank Tashlin-directed Jayne Mansfield vehicle is one of John Waters’ favorites. He’s very good at observing its ironies (“Camp is for rich people!”) and its establishment inversions. He also extolls the virtues of Deluxe Color over Technicolor, but not after misidentifying the color process that was used. …

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Five or six things I think I know about film criticism

Here they are: No one knows what’s important There is no “we” Context, identity and affinities matter The essence of cinema lives between your ears Nobody’s perfect Films make memories No one knows what’s important One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve tried, for the last three months, to catch up on all the movies I’ve …

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